Three outlets caught in alcohol sting

Three Rangitikei liquor outlets have been caught selling alcohol to minors in a Marton police sting.

Officers visited 14 on and off-licence premises in Marton, Bulls, Turakina, and Hunterville on Friday with two volunteers aged 16 and 17 as part of Operation Unite.

Senior Constable Karl Williams said the names of the failing premises would not be released until action against them had been taken

One of them had failed the sting for the second time in a row, Mr Williams said.

"Due to the amount of publicity surrounding Op Unite, and processes that most businesses have in place, we were disappointed at the sales."

The items sold included a box of Tui beer and a box of KGB RTDs.

Some of the potential penalties include cancellation of the businesses liquor license, and prosecutions before the District Court.  

Operation Unite started on Friday, 7 December 2012 and ended on Sunday 9 December 2012.

It involved overt and covert licensing operations, random breath testing, and additional police patrols.

Manawatu Standard